Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education engages and inspires children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
“Music makes me happy!” – Year 1 child
At Beddington Infants’ School we develop as musicians, becoming well-rounded children who enjoy our learning.
Music is an integral part of life at Beddington Infants’ School and is enjoyed and shared by the whole school.
MUSIC IN THE OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT
Children have access to percussion instruments and are encouraged to explore these creatively! They are also encouraged to use them to reinforce concepts and practices taught in whole class music lessons (e.g. rhythm patterns.) In Nursery and Reception fun music is played in the background throughout all outdoor sessions.
Music is incorporated into everyday routines, for example, as the children enter the classroom first thing in the morning or at the end of a session, when tidying up. The main purposes of this are to allow children to experience a variety of musical styles, to encourage enjoyment of music, to boost morale, to provide additional audio-visual cues for daily routines and to prepare the children for learning.
PROGRESSION OF MUSIC
Joining in with singing familiar songs
Exploring using musical instruments in response to stories
Building a repertoire of songs and dances
Exploring the sounds of instruments
Using their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
Listening with concentration and understanding to a high quality of live and recorded music
Experimenting with, creating and combining sounds
Playing untuned instruments (percussion instruments)
Playing tuned instruments (ukuleles)
Naming instruments and exploring their properties
Creating their own compositions
Appreciating recorded music, such as Holst’s ‘The Planets Suite’ or ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons’